Christopher Kennedy

@christopherkennedyinc

“The golden state of mind” describes Christopher Kennedy’s philosophy towards interior design — and life. Christopher creates interiors and products that are refreshingly exuberant. Combining Jet Set nostalgia with California modernism, Christopher’s work has been featured in Dwell, California Home + Design, Luxe, California Homes, Traditional Home, The Los Angeles Times, and numerous publications around the globe. From his base in Palm Springs, this prolific designer also creates an eponymous furniture line, candles, bedding, artwork for Wendover, and pottery for Habitudes. He is the author of two books: California Modern and Making Midcentury Modern.

Barrie Livingstone

@barrielivingstonedesigner

British born Barrie Livingstone is an accomplished Interior Designer, Realtor and House flipper. Barrie’s design projects scan the globe from Los Angeles to Dubai and Miami to Malaysia. His passion for buildings and how people occupy them on a global level is the driving force for him, pairing the right property with the right person or group.

Barrie’s unique combination of seasoned Interior Designer “meets” savvy realtor makes perfect sense to have access to when designing or renovating a property. In the world of design, presentation is nine tenths’ the law. It is all about how the design makes one feel and how many years good design will last.

With over 30 years of experience in the Residential and Hospitality Industries in both design and marketing, his clients gain vital insight on how to present properties in the best possible light. Barrie has designed for international hotel brands such as: Intercontinental Hotel Group, Marriott, Southern Sun and Mandarin Oriental in the Near and Far East, also luxury residences and yachts.

Barrie’s design and development projects include: high end residential, restaurant and hospitality properties. He is an active realtor and has written his first book, Interior Design Tips Every Realtor Should Know. You will find him polite, courteous and filled with integrity and gratitude.

Kelli Ellis

@designerkelliellis

Interior designer and lifelong traveler, represents the epitome of livable luxury, casual international style mixed with rock star glam. Her celebrity and discerning clientele benefit from her extensive world travels,adding dramatic artwork and unique accessories used to create havens. Her influences translate to her new furniture collection with Sunpan debuting Spring of 2018, her art collection with Leftbank Art, the luxe Kelli Ellis Collection for Tilebar, a linen collection with Instalinen debuting in 2018, her art glass line with Frates and her whimsy outdoor rug line for Jaipur Rugs International.

Dawn McCoy

@iamdawnmccoy

Dawn McCoy is a Tastemarker, actress, public speaker, writer, and host of “Dine & Dish with Dawn,” her celebrity interview show where food, wine and giving back are the focal points. Additionally, she’s a frequent guest on Dr.Oz, Hallmark Home & Family, Access Hollywood, Extra, The Real and more. A proponent of “doing good,” she was the official spokesperson & Global Ambassador for Good for Unite4Good in 2015, is currently an ambassador for No Kid Hungry and Dress For Success, and her #Dear15Me philanthropic social media movement was featured on The Real. She is the official ambassador for the City of Beverly Hills, and believes in supporting business and philanthropy in small American cities.

Justine Macfee

@macfeedesign

Justine Macfee is the Creative Director and Co-Principal of Catherine Macfee Interior Design, a full-service interior design firm in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, founded by her mother Catherine Macfee in 1989. Justine, growing up in the design business, has found her voice as a designer practicing timeless eclectic design and exploring the concepts of juxtaposing a minimalist-maximalist lifestyle.

Renowned for designing in luxury retreat destinations throughout California, Justine is known to bring a sharp eye for style, quality, and unflinching passion for adventure to every project. Justine developed her personal style to reflect a thoughtful balance of old and new, rough and smooth, tailored and found, while infusing colors and detailing directly inspired by nature and travel.

Kathleen Jennison

@kathleenjennison

Breathtaking kitchens, show-stopping master suites, and swoon-worthy living rooms are all in a day’s work for Certified Interior Designer Kathleen Jennison. She specializes in helping creative, stylish homeowners take their spaces from basic and bland to beautiful, functional, and truly unique. Starting with a brand new home? Kathleen and her team will take away the stress, worry, and decision-overload and help you make first-rate selections every step of the way. 
 
Remodeling your existing place? She’s got you covered there, too – her award-winning combination of wisdom, experience and fabulous taste will turn your big vision into reality while saving you from costly mistakes. 
 
Between her extensive credentials (Jennison has a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design and Business Administration) and stunning portfolio of past projects, Kathleen Jennison is the accomplished designer you’ve been looking for. 

Dan Rak

@danrakdesign

Dan Rak is a fresh new design star with a modern, yet comfortable, sensibility that is resonating with clients and the design industry alike. Born and raised in Detroit, Rak recalls his passion for real estate and design starting at an early age. His favorite childhood pass time was touring model homes. It wasn’t long before he realized he had a penchant, not only for design, but for reinventing his own residences.

But as is so often the case, Dan’s obsession for real estate and interiors was temporarily downgraded to hobby status as he pursued his accounting and law degrees from Michigan State University. After graduating from law school, Dan spent five years practicing tax in the mergers and acquisitions context. During this time, Dan developed strong project management skills which have proven to be an invaluable asset in the design and construction business.

While his career as a tax lawyer was challenging and rewarding, Rak never lost his passion for real estate and design. Buying, designing and flipping homes with sensational results and accolades, it soon became evident that this was his true calling. Soon, requests for his design services came pouring in organically. Ultimately deciding to pursue his passion on a full-time basis, Dan left the legal world behind. With his now flourishing business, Rak recently opened a light-filled design studio to house his team in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.

Amongst his recent accomplishments, Rak was named “Best Up and Comer” in CS Interiors’ 2019 Best of Design issue. His work was also published in “The Look” section of Luxe magazine’s July/August 2018 issue. He is excited to be launching his first line of furniture, a collaboration with California-based ModShop and has appeared on HouzzTV where he discussed one of his most recent projects – a church conversion in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood.

Today, Dan Rak Design’s discerning and appreciative clientele call upon his firm for a signature clean, contemporary look and five-star service. Rak’s authentic, precise, and razor-like approach to interiors has become striking and recognizable in an instant. His ever-growing body of work defines Dan as a true a force in the industry.

Max Humphrey

@maxwhumphrey

Max Humphrey is a leading interior designer based in Portland, Oregon. His design aesthetic can be described as Modern Americana.

Originally from New Hampshire, Max went to college in Boston and moved to Los Angeles after graduating to work in the entertainment industry. Taking a unique turn he spent the next few years playing bass guitar in a punk rock band signed to a major record label. Years later he determined a career change was in order and spent the next 10 years designing homes and commercial spaces all over the USA. In 2016 he moved to Portland to launch his own design firm. 

Current projects include homes in Portland, Bend, Los Angeles, and Boston. Commercial projects include a hard cider tasting room for a 250 acre apple farm, the headquarters for one of Oregon’s largest wineries, a mobile coffee shop built out of an Airstream trailer for a beverage conglomerate, model units for a Portland luxury condo, a hipster dentist office in LA, and a podcast studio for a leading digital media company in New York City.

Max was featured in Country Living magazine as one of the country’s 100 most creative people and in House Beautiful’s “Next Wave” column.

He believes style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”

Raili Clasen

@raili_ca_design

RailiCA design stems from former fashion executive Raili Clasen’s love for eclectic California interior design. Following a lengthy, surf industry-focused career with Quiksilver, then Paul Frank, Clasen co-founded hip housewares brand, Alice Supply Co. The move into the interior design business came naturally after several of her home projects were featured in magazines, design blogs and her own homes showcased on the popular Newport Harbor Home tour.

Honored by Modern Luxury magazine as 2018 “Best Interior Designer”, Clasen has worked on both residential and commercial projects throughout California. Her signature style is evident in the smallest of details in the homes she designs.

Her aesthetic is incredibly fresh; the polar opposite of stale. She injects California cool surf vibes into every home she designs, straying away from anything redundant or overdone. Her taste is a full detour from typical coastal decor, which can often come across as kitchy, forced and entirely too “beachy.” She effortlessly styles homes in some of the most sophisticated zip codes, with that sought-after, “cool surfer girl” feel. Her style is truly unique, incorporating contrast-focused black and white statement pieces with clean lines, gorgeous woods, and personalized elements like engraved furniture or custom vintage oil paintings with an overlay of graffiti artwork.

Her projects have been featured in House Beautiful, Domino, Arch Digest, C Home, Sunset magazine, Luxe, Coastal Living, HGTV magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Cottage Style, Country Living, Modern Luxury and the LA Times Home and Garden section. Six of her projects have been showcased on both the Newport Harbor and Corona Del Mar Home Tours. 

Raili is wife to Ryan and mom to Calyn, Wyatt and Rees plus Minnie the boxer.

Nar Bustamante

@nardesignn

Nar Bustamante, president and principal designer of Nar Design Group in Sacramento, CA, was born in Mexico City and raised in San Francisco. His extensive travels throughout Europe, Northern Africa, and North America have played an influential role in this appreciation for art, culture, and iconic architecture. These cornerstones, along with his own client’s artwork, provide the unique, everlasting inspirations for his international award winning and highly publicized designs. Only bound by his imagination, Nar has reinvented design rule in California, producing some of the most sought-after projects with his take on luxuriously modern, eclectic and innovation designs, never leaving room for predictability.

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